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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you asked most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But there are a lot of questions when it comes to giving and generosity. Who are we giving to? How much should we give? What are we giving for? This new series Giving 101 will help answer some of these questions as we explore the basics of generosity, and why it’s so important in the life of a follower of Jesus.

Small Group Questions

1. What is the most memorable gift you’ve ever given? What made it so special?
2. Read 2 Corinthians 8:7. Who do you know who has excelled at the grace of giving? What about them inspires you?
3. Read 1 Timothy 6:17–19. Think of a recent financial decision you made. Did the reality of eternity influence your choice? How might this awareness impact money decisions?
4. How does financial fuzziness impact generosity? How have you experienced this?
5. What specific step will you take to better excel at the grace of giving?
6. Bring Give Serve is here! How do you and your group plan to participate? Designate a group member to coordinate your involvement and spend some time discussing your plans. You can get all the info at bringgiveserve.org.

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you asked most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But there are a lot of questions when it comes to giving and generosity. Who are we giving to? How much should we give? What are we… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series Life Apps with The Encouragement App. Life can be rough. We’re called to be in community, to share in one another’s struggles. What does it look like to be in that community? How can we encourage each other in the midst? Listen as we explore Hebrews 10:19–25 and what it looks like to download The Encouragement App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group. To get connected, contact us.

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series Life Apps with The Encouragement App. Life can be rough. We’re called to be in community, to share in one another’s struggles. What does it look like to be in that community? How can we encourage each other in the midst? Listen as we explore Hebrews 10:19–25 and what it looks like… Continue reading →

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Grab a cup of hot cocoa prep a note pad as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Forgiveness App. When we’re dealing with a broken relationship, it’s hard to find forgiveness through the pain, anger, or distress. What does forgiveness truly look like? How can we forgive as a people who have been forgiven by God? Listen in as we explore Matthew 18:21–35 and what it looks like to download The Forgiveness App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group.
To get connected, contact smallgroups@northshore.church.

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Grab a cup of hot cocoa prep a note pad as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Forgiveness App. When we’re dealing with a broken relationship, it’s hard to find forgiveness through the pain, anger, or distress. What does forgiveness truly look like? How can we forgive as a people who have been… Continue reading →

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Huddle up by the fire, crack the windows to listen to the fall rain, and listen in as Pastor Jonathan Wolfgang continues our series Life Apps with The Humility App. What does it mean to be humble in a relationship? What does it look like to choose others’ needs above your own? Listen in as we dive into John 13:1–17 and what it means to download The Humility App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group. To get connected, contact smallgroups@northshore.church.

This week we explore into what it means to download the humility app. This week’s key passage: John 13:1–17.

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Huddle up by the fire, crack the windows to listen to the fall rain, and listen in as Pastor Jonathan Wolfgang continues our series Life Apps with The Humility App. What does it mean to be humble in a relationship? What does it look like to choose others’ needs above your own? Listen in as we dive into John 13:1–17 and… Continue reading →

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Authenticity App. What does it mean to be real and vulnerable? Have you ever held up emotional walls or plastic smiles to hide anger, worry, or pain? How can we learn to trust Jesus with our identity to move forward into authenticity? Join us Sunday as we explore 1 John 1:8–2:2 and what it means to download The Authenticity App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group. To get connected, contact smallgroups@northshore.church.

This week we explore into what it means to download the authenticity app. This week’s key passage: 1 John 1:8–2:2.

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Authenticity App. What does it mean to be real and vulnerable? Have you ever held up emotional walls or plastic smiles to hide anger, worry, or pain? How can we learn to trust Jesus with our identity to move forward into… Continue reading →

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Trust App. What does trust look like in relationships? There often exists a gap between what we expect from a relationship, and what actually happens. How do we respond to those gaps? How can we let God’s love and grace pour into those gaps instead of our own habits and emotions? Join us Sunday as we dig deep in 1 Corinthians 13:4–7 and what it means to download The Trust App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group. To get connected, email smallgroups@northshore.church.

This week we dig into what it means to download the trust app. This week’s key passage: 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Trust App. What does trust look like in relationships? There often exists a gap between what we expect from a relationship, and what actually happens. How do we respond to those gaps? How can we let God’s love and grace pour into those gaps… Continue reading →

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander begins our new series Life Apps with Application is Everything. We download apps on our smartphones all the time—social media apps, weather apps, game apps. What’s more, we often download these apps but never use them, though some we find indispensable for living in a digital age. Did you know that God has given us some indispensable apps for living life well in relationships with other people? Let’s face it, we need those apps. Relationships can be rewarding, but they can also be challenging. From choosing to trust, to choosing to forgive, to choosing to encourage, this 6-week series will be filled with practical, biblical wisdom on the apps you need to use so you and those around you can experience relationships God’s way.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group. To get connected, contact smallgroups@northshore.church.

This week’s key passage: Matthew 7:24–27

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander begins our new series Life Apps with Application is Everything. We download apps on our smartphones all the time—social media apps, weather apps, game apps. What’s more, we often download these apps but never use them, though some we find indispensable for living in a digital age. Did you know that God… Continue reading →

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Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series Heavyweights with Jesus VS Religion. There are some big, tough questions that many people, even Christians, ask about God, the Bible, religion, and our world. From topics like the trustworthiness and reliability of the Bible, to science and Scripture, to Jesus and other religions—these are heavyweight topics that deserve a closer look. Listen in for Round Three: Jesus VS Religion as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores the how and why Jesus is greater.

Small Group Questions

1. Have you ever visited a temple, mosque, synagogue, ward, or church of another religion? Share your experience. What was intriguing about their beliefs or way of worship?

2. How do you define tolerance? What is the difference between tolerance and agreement or approval?

3. Read John 14:6. Why is this statement so offensive in our culture? How have you come to understand this? How do you respond to those who take offense to what Jesus said?

4. Read 1 John 4:1–6. What things make Jesus unique? How do these set Him apart from other religious leaders or teachers?

5. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek Me and you will find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” What practical suggestions would you give someone who wants to know how to seek God in this way? How have you taken these steps? Spend some time praying specifically for those you know who do not know Jesus.

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Listen as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series Heavyweights with Jesus VS Religion. There are some big, tough questions that many people, even Christians, ask about God, the Bible, religion, and our world. From topics like the trustworthiness and reliability of the Bible, to science and Scripture, to Jesus and other religions—these are heavyweight topics that deserve a closer… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander begins our new series Heavyweights with Bible vs History. There are some big, tough questions that many people, even Christians, ask about God, the Bible, religion, and our world. From topics like the trustworthiness and reliability of the Bible, to science and Scripture, to Jesus and other religions—these are heavyweight topics that deserve a closer look. Listen in to Round Two: Scripture vs Science as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores how Jesus can be found in the vastness of the universe featuring special guest, University of Toronto professor Dr. Barth Netterfield.

Small Group Questions

1. What is the most spectacular natural landmark you have visited or seen? What made it so memorable? What emotions did it stir in you?

2. In what ways do science and faith conflict? How are they complementary?

3. Read Psalm 19:1–6. How does nature “declare the glory of God?” What have you learned about God from His creation?

4. What was something Dr. Netterfield said that made an impression on you? How did it reinforce your faith? How did it make you more confident to defend your faith?

5. Read Colossians 1:15–20. Is there an area of your life where you need to be reminded that Jesus holds all things together? How can your group help?

6. On October 5 we’re starting our new series Life Apps. As part of the series, we’ve designed small group materials that are unlike any we’ve offered before. Encourage your leader to pick up the Life Apps curriculum this weekend in Room 139.

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander begins our new series Heavyweights with Bible vs History. There are some big, tough questions that many people, even Christians, ask about God, the Bible, religion, and our world. From topics like the trustworthiness and reliability of the Bible, to science and Scripture, to Jesus and other religions—these are heavyweight topics that deserve… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander begins our new series Heavyweights with Bible VS History. There are some big, tough questions that many people, even Christians, ask about God, the Bible, religion, and our world. From topics like the trustworthiness and reliability of the Bible, to science and Scripture, to Jesus and other religions—these are heavyweight topics that deserve a closer look. Our world is asking these questions and our faith is actually strengthened when we seek the answers. Listen in for Round One: Bible Vs. History as Pastor Jonathan Alexander dives into passages from 2 Timothy to Luke.

Small Group Questions

1. Other than the Bible, what has been an important or favorite book in your life?

2. What questions do you have about the Bible? Where do you look for information or answers?

3. Read 2 Timothy 3:16. What does it mean that the Bible is “God-breathed?”

4. Read 1 Corinthians 2:10–13. How does the Holy Spirit help us in reading and understanding the Bible? How have you experienced this?

5. Jonathan referred to several important evidences for the reliability of the Bible. Which is most significant for you? How does this reinforce your confidence in the Bible as God’s word?

6. Tell about a time you chose to follow the guidance in God’s word even though it was not easy. What did you learn from this experience?

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander begins our new series Heavyweights with Bible VS History. There are some big, tough questions that many people, even Christians, ask about God, the Bible, religion, and our world. From topics like the trustworthiness and reliability of the Bible, to science and Scripture, to Jesus and other religions—these are heavyweight topics that deserve a… Continue reading →